Academic & Collegiate Counseling
In keeping with the Magnificat High School Mission statement “…to educate young women holistically to learn lead and serve in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat” and the American School Counseling Association Code of Ethics, our professional school counselors at Magnificat High School are committed to meeting the students’ needs in three domains: academic, personal/social and college/career.
Our philosophy is embedded in the Mission of Magnificat, as we strive to meet each student’s needs personally, academically and in the career/college process. We have a commitment to each student to treat her holistically. Counselors collaborate with faculty and parents, forming a partnership in their roles as co-educators.
Magnificat High School is accredited by the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is chartered by the Ohio State Department of Education. It holds membership in the National Catholic Education Association, National Association for College Admissions Counseling, NAIS, National Coalition of Girls Schools, Ohio Association for College Admissions Counseling and the College Board, Secondary School Division. Magnificat High School has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as an Exemplary School.
The Magnificat High School counseling program seeks to assist each student in meeting her individual needs as she strives to become a young woman who learns, leads and serves in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat. Counselors not only provide counseling and guidance services to students, but also assist faculty and parents in any way possible in their roles as co-educators. The freshman program emphasizes high school orientation, test-taking skills, personal adjustment and the beginnings of the college process. Sophomore year each student continues to strengthen test-taking skills, takes the PSAT and OGT, as well as evaluates personal strengths in pursuing a comprehensive career development program through Naviance. The junior level classroom guidance program focuses on continued self-exploration, achieving success on the SAT, and ACT, and begins a more in depth looks at the college and career process. The senior program helps to guide students through the college application process and aims to provide students with skills necessary for a successful transition into college.
The comprehensive Counseling Department serves students in three primary areas that are rooted in the American School Counseling Association’s (ASCA) model; academic, personal/social and college/career.
- Our department has 5 full-time licensed counselors who have master’s degrees in counseling and are skilled in supporting students with social and emotional difficulties.
- Students can have individual confidential counseling sessions with their school counselors whenever needed.
- Counselors make referrals to community counselors and psychologists when student needs reach beyond the scope of school counseling. We work collaboratively with these professionals to ensure academic, personal and emotional growth.
• In 9th grade students receive accounts for Naviance, an on-line program for college planning that they will use for four years.
• Freshmen complete the Learning Style Inventory and Do What You Are assessment in Naviance.
• Freshmen take the Pre-ACT.Sophomores complete the Career Interest Profiler and Cluster Finder in Naviance.
• Sophomores take the PSAT.
• Juniors build resumes in Naviance and research colleges that they are thinking about. They also do college searches and save them in their Naviance profiles.
• Juniors take the PSAT, National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
• Seniors have college application workshops during their weekly guidance classes with their college counselors.
• Students have individual college conferences with their counselors during the spring of their junior year and fall of their senior year.
Each student has a weekly 20-minute class with her school counselor as part of her schedule. The curriculum for this class addresses everything from transitioning to high school and study skills to moving through the college research and application process. Seeing students on a weekly basis allows the counselors to form close relationships with the students. Counselors are also available to students on an individual basis.
Our programming also involves parent education in regard to planning for college, beginning in the sophomore year. College admission and financial aid professionals are part of the programming.
Counseling Services Department
Director: Keith McMillin
B.S., Wright State University
M.Ed., John Carroll University
B.S. Bowling Green
M.Ed., Cappella University
Jessica Roth ’04
B.S., Xavier University
M.A., Xavier University
B.A., Xavier University
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University
Academic Support Services
• Consults with staff and parents regarding the social/emotional well-being of students
• Provides direct social/emotional support to students
• Conducts psychoeducational assessments used in the determination of eligibility for accommodation plan services
• Supervises and supports students on academic plans, works individually with students
• Serves for a resource for parents and teachers
Academic Support Staff
Ricia Weiner, Ph.D., NCSP, LPC
B.S.E., University of Arizona
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Mary Ann O'Brien
B.A. Cleveland State
M.A.Ed Cleveland State
B.S., Kent State University
M.Ed., Cleveland State University